Isaiah Hankel, PhD is coming to UChicago September 26th

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Dr. Hankel is an internationally recognized expert in the biotechnology industry and prolific public speaker. Dr. Hankel has a Ph.D. in Anatomy and Cell Biology and has worked extensively as a Fortune 500 consultant in the biotechnology industry and with some of the world’s leading corporations, including Amgen, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Roche and Genentech. He’s given over 250 seminars in 22 different countries. He has also presented at many of the world’s premier academic institutions, including Harvard University, Stanford University, Oxford University, Cambridge University, The Pasteur Institute and The Curie Institute. Dr. Hankel uses the science of purpose and the principles of entrepreneurship to help people achieve their biggest goals. He is also the author of the bestselling book, Black Hole focus and the science careers association and blog, the Cheeky Scientist.

The UCBA and co-sponsors are hosting Dr.Hankel on September 26th for 2 events:

1. ‘Career Planning and Goal Setting for the Science and Biotech Fields’   workshop.

Time:1:00-2:30 pm

Location: GCIS W301

This workshop has a limited capacity, RSVPs are required at

2. ‘Strategy and Entrepreneurship in Science’ seminar.

Time: 3:30-4:30pm (Seminar); 4:30-5:30pm (Reception)

Location: KCBD 1103

RSVPs requested at

-A limited number of FREE copies of “Black Hole Focus” will be given out to the first attendees to arrive (Doors open at 3:20pm)

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Happy Hour at MATTER

An excellent opportunity for UCBA members to check out the space the biohub, MATTER will be located coming this fall and meet entrepreneurs, life science professionals and representatives from iBIO, MATTER, CIM, and more. 


MATTER, the new innovation hub for next generation health care technologies, is opening its doors to the community before it officially opens later this fall.

This is your chance to network with entrepreneurs and leaders from across the health technology community, plus check out our rough space before the hammers start swinging.

What: MATTER Happy Hour
Date: July 24
Place: Merchandise Mart, 12th floor
5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. Networking
6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Check out the MATTER space designs
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Networking

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MATTER is a community of healthcare entrepreneurs and industry leaders working together in a shared space to individually and collectively fuel the future of healthcare innovation. MATTER’s mission is to proactively connect and promote the collaboration between scientists, physicians, health technology entrepreneurs and other industry partners, in order to bring next-generation products and services to market that improve quality of care and save lives.


A MATTER of Fact


MATTER, a center for Health Tech entrepreneurship is under development in downtown Chicago, IL.  This 25,000 sq ft non-profit facility will provide a unique environment for healthcare IT and biotechnology entrepreneurs to interact, share resources, exchange information, access industry experts and local talent.  Building on the success of the digital startup hub,1871, MATTER hopes to serve as a place for entrepreneurs and business experts to foster increased collaboration and support innovative ideas to create new products and services for healthcare.  In addition this shared environment aims to:

  • Increase local risk capital investment
  • Attract talent from around the world
  • Create jobs in Illinois

Along with private and shared office space, MATTER will provide space for more casual meet-ups and large presentations.  The startup BioHub will also host classes, workshops and events designed to encourage problem-solving by providing entrepreneurs with new skills and generating novel ideas.

The life science industry in Illinois has a $98 billion economic impact.  Following a             $4 million investment by the state of Illinois, MATTER is currently being built in Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago, in close proximity to 1871, in what now is being called ‘Silicon hallway.’  Based on the success of 1871, generating >200 startups and >1000 jobs since its inception in 2012, MATTER hopes to become the central focal point for the Healthcare and medical devices communities in Chicagoland.

Healthcare and biotechnology startups and innovation in Chicago are often viewed as being challenged by a lack of density and connection between its universities, hospitals, biotech’s, and pharmaceutical companies.  MATTER will be a place for very early stage incubation and company formation, a place for people to meet and to learn.  By putting diverse expertise in direct proximity to one another MATTER hopes to foster this interaction and to stimulate innovation, entrepreneurship, investment and the overall goal of forming new companies in Chicago.

While it remains to be seen whether MATTER will deliver on its potential to promote and support entrepreneurship in Healthcare and biotechnology, the buzz is certainly in the air and we are excited to see what it can deliver.  MATTER is scheduled to open in Autumn 2014.

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By Ben Hall & Daniel Leventhal

Thank you to Steven Gould and Andrew Cittadine from MATTER.